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Sunday, March 29, 2020

D-backs troll Giants over Madison Bumgarner signing, 2017 Opening Day

Madison Bumgarner left the Giants for the Arizona Diamondbacks in free agency this offseason, and in an ironic twist, MLB aired the 2017 Opening Day game between the two teams Thursday.

On April 2, 2017, the Giants sent Bumgarner to the mound in an effort to win their fourth straight Opening Day.

Bumgarner had an incredible day on the mound and at the plate. In addition to striking out 11 batters in seven innings, the Giants ace also belted two home runs.

But Mark Melancon, making his Giants’ debut, blew the save in the bottom of the ninth.

Mind you, given how things have gone for Bumgarner since then, caution might be paid with this approach….

 

QLE Posted: March 29, 2020 at 01:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, madison bumgarner, twitter

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Artificial Turf Strikes Back in Baseball

Hall relented last year, agreeing to replace the grass at the Diamondbacks’ downtown ballpark with artificial turf. He changed his mind after finding a synthetic grass technology that he believes genuinely mimics the real thing in terms of how it plays and affects players’ bodies: the B1K—which stands for “Batting 1.000”—system from Georgia-based Shaw Sports Turf.

Artificial turf nearly disappeared from Major League Baseball. Now it’s suddenly back. After eight years with grass at their home in Little Havana, the Miami Marlins have switched to Shaw’s turf in 2020. The Texas Rangers will also use it at Globe Life Field, their newly constructed stadium in Arlington scheduled to open later this month.

Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 10, 2020 at 11:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, marlins, rangers, stadiums, turf

Monday, February 17, 2020

‘I’m all in on this stuff’: How the analytical Diamondbacks will put their spin on Madison Bumgarner – The Athletic

Bumgarner can’t pitch the same way forever and expect the same results. It’s a good thing he knows that.

“I’m eager to learn,” Bumgarner said. “That’s the only way you keep better. Once you stop trying to learn, that’s when you get stuck and everybody else seems to pass you by.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2020 at 10:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, madison bumgarner

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Meeting MadBum: D-backs relish big left-hander’s presence

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona manager Torey Lovullo had plenty of praise for newly acquired left-hander Madison Bumgarner, calling the four-time All-Star exactly what his team needs at the top of the rotation.

Then came the follow-up question: Does that mean Bumgarner would start on opening day?

“I kind of walked myself into that one,” Lovullo acknowledged with a grin.

Lovullo wasn’t ready to name an opening day starter six weeks before the first game, but said he’d be “an idiot” not to consider Bumgarner for the task.

It’s strange seeing articles like this concerning Bumgarner and a different NL West team.

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2020 at 01:10 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, madison bumgarner

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Nick Ahmed signs with Arizona Diamondbacks through 2023

The Arizona Diamondbacks reached a contract extension with shortstop Nick Ahmed for four years, taking his deal through the 2023 season.

The team announced the agreement Monday.

AZCentral.com’s Nick Piecoro reported the deal is guaranteed for $32.5 million, plus incentives. Ahmed and the D-backs did not agree to terms on his 2020 salary last month and was facing an upcoming arbitration hearing.

The 29-year-old has become one of MLB’s elite defensive shortstops, but his offense has steadily improved over the course of his career, which in the majors began with Arizona in 2014.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 11, 2020 at 12:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, extensions, nick ahmed

Monday, January 27, 2020

Starling Marte, D-backs trade | MLB.com

It’s now cheaper to pay the salaries of all Pirates players than getting two beers and a hot dog at Fenway.

he D-backs have agreed to a trade with the Pirates for center fielder Starling Marte, sources told MLB.com on Monday. Along with Marte, Pittsburgh will send $1.5 million to Arizona and receive right-handed prospect Brennan Malone and shortstop prospect Liover Peguero along with $250,000 in international pool money for this year in return, per a source. Neither team has confirmed the deal or the exchange.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2020 at 03:44 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pirates, starling marte, trade

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Diamondbacks sign outfielder Kole Calhoun to 2-year contract

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Kole Calhoun to a two-year contract worth $16 million that includes a club option for 2022.

The 32-year-old Calhoun, who lives in nearby Tempe, Arizona, has played eight major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, batting .249 in his career with 140 homers. In 2019, he hit .232 with a career-high 33 homers while playing mostly right field.

“This is really kind of a dream come true, honestly,” Calhoun said. “I’m born and raised here, grew up a Diamondback fan. Anybody who dreams of playing in the big leagues and you get there, your dreams come true. But as a kid growing up, I always dreamed of playing for the Diamondbacks and now I’ve got that opportunity. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Calhoun is a four-time Gold Glove finalist and won the award in 2015. His new deal is worth $6 million in the first year, $8 million in the second and has a $2 million buyout for 2022. He played in college at nearby Arizona State.

 

QLE Posted: December 31, 2019 at 12:48 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, hot stove, kole calhoun

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Madison Bumgarner reaches 5-year, $85M deal with D-backs | ESPN

Left-hander Madison Bumgarner and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal, sources familiar with the agreement told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: December 15, 2019 at 05:27 PM | 111 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, giants, madison bumgarner

Friday, November 08, 2019

Diamondbacks have made some changes to their uniforms for 2020

Gone now are the other two unusual features: the dark grays and the diamond pattern on the shoulders. In is a more traditional road gray. Though, I suspect, that we’ll almost never see it given how most teams who have solid jersey “alternates” use them almost all the dang time. Which, call me an old man, but I kinda hate. They all look like they’re wearing batting practice jerseys all the time. With only a couple of exceptions — Houston’s orange and Oakland’s green, because they’re unique — they’re all pretty dreary.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2019 at 12:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Thursday, October 31, 2019

AZSnakepit: Matt Herges to be new Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach

After retiring from the playing field at the end of the 2010 season, he became a coach in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He progressed through their farm system until 2017, when he was the pitching coach of their AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City. Herges than moved to San Francisco to become their bullpen coach. At the time, it was seen as “a sign they’ll be more analytics-driven,” with Herges’s role including series advance analysis. However, that’s a role which I think is currently occupied for the D-backs by Dan Haren. But Herges does appear to have an analytic bent, saying of his time with LA, “We coaches had to seek [the metrics] out. I wanted to learn because this is where the game is going.”

Jack Sommers Posted: October 31, 2019 at 11:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pitching coach

 

 

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